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Friday, July 17, 2009

"Design Studios"

"Kawakong designworks" page

today is friday, but i din plan for any activities for tonight. so, i went to Page One alone, as i'm "craving" for new books since this morning. wanted to add some chinese books to my bookshelve, but eventually, i din manage to get any.
Page one is having some design books campaign, and i bought this --- "SMALL STUDIOS", a very thick book, value for money? ($64.09 before 20% discount)... introducing 100 nos. of small studios (small studios = 2-3 person who run the company in a small office or soho) around the world (western & Asia), all are from design field for sure.
this book showcased the owner of each design studio --- how they develop their business, how different to work from a big company and small company, etc.. it also showcase their portfolio....
very inspiring, i hope i can be 1 of them very soon. and proudly speaking, there are 2 small studios from Malaysia Truly Asia featured in this book! Both are "Grain Studio" and "Kawakong Designworks".
talk about design, i'm abit confused lately. i think i'm in love with graphic (2D) more than interior (3D)... :(
is that sad to find out? i don't know. i guess this is because i'm doing interior in commercial line (mostly for offices, and offices in this region are all very.........ahem....) for almost 4 years, office client are very corporate and there is not much design that we can apply on, as they always see practicality as priority. in order to meet practicality and functionality, we have to give up aesthetically or design intention. If we insist on design intention, in this "pitching industry", we will lose the job for sure...!
this month, work is not that busy, as few of the projects were handed-over. finally, we can start on our "self-initiated" project, which we always like to talk about, but never have the time to start off.
we are planning to do a product (cannot reveal now... :P), and make it as corporate gift + sell it out as x'mas present for this year.
because of this project, i started to do self-learning on how to use Adobe Illustrator this few days, as i feel the tool in Photoshop is limited for me to do what i intend to do.
from what i'm doing this few days, i really fall in love with this "graphic designing" activities :P besides that, i'm also very amazed by all the editor of books and magazine, i wonder how they come out with such a great planning/ layout and graphic edit. salute.......! ^^

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